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June 24, 2018

Day 7 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – The 8th Wonder of the World + Lassen Volcanic

It’s said that when Teddy Roosevelt saw Burney Falls, he said it had to be the 8th Wonder of the World. He’s not wrong. (Full disclosure: I have a massive dead-guy crush on Teddy Roosevelt, so I would probably just believe everything he ever said, but, this is legit) Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic Park are literally in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing near them. There is spotty service at best. But Burney Falls is probably the prettiest waterfall I’ve ever seen. Lassen is kind of like mini-Yellowstone, but we didn’t get to experience much of it. It’s lovely. […]
June 23, 2018

Day 6 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Glass Beach + Humboldt State Park

You’ve seen those pictures of sea glass beaches on the west coast. They say that the beaches at Fort Bragg were once so covered with sea glass that you can see nothing but glass everywhere. They are no longer like this. Or rather, there may be one more – but it’s only accessibly via boat. And I didn’t have a boat. We did stop to check it out, and while it wasn’t nearly as epic as we hoped, it was pretty cool. There is still enough that it’s quite visible, most being green, brown or white. The hunt for chunks […]
June 22, 2018

Day 5 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – San Francisco: Alcatraz + Chinatown

If you are going to do Alcatraz, I suggest doing the earliest tour possible. At the time of writing this – that’s the 8:45. I also suggest skipping the little ranger talk they give you when you first arrive. They’ll tell you it’s mandatory – it’s not. And the only valuable piece of information they give you is the location of the bathrooms. Really, it’s just a diversion to leave space between you and the group in front of you – and if you happen to be on the first tour, AND you skip that, you will be alone in […]
June 21, 2018

Day 4 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Big Sur and San Francisco

If I didn’t mention this before, I will now – for this 16 day trip, we had exactly SIX nights with pre-arranged lodging. Primarily this was in campgrounds, with the last night booked at the Bellagio in Vegas. I don’t like over-planning trips, because I find it stressful. Not the planning part – but the sticking to the planning part. This becomes more evident halfway through the trip when we decide to bail out on one of those pre-arranged stops. San Francisco was one of those pre-arranged stays – at San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica. It’s the only RV […]
June 20, 2018

Day 3 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Hidden Valley Hike + The Salton Sea

The thing about Jumbo Rocks campground is that there is no electricity, so no air conditioning…but it was so pleasant we didn’t really need it. We slept great. Our goal for today was to get to Los Angeles, camping somewhere near the Pacific. We got there, but had to ditch any and all plans to see LA. I’ll explain. First on the docket was the hike through Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree. It’s an easy mile loop hike, and is really cool because it’s an amazing little valley completely surrounded by huge boulder-ous mountainy-ness. Apparently it was used by cattle […]
June 19, 2018

Day 2 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – The Road to Joshua Tree

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I hate to fly. I do it, because it’s the only way to get where I want to go in an expedient manner. But the truth is, I hate being trapped on that metal tube, with no fresh air, too many people crammed in around me, sardine-style, and really, the inability to use the bathroom without judgement whenever I feel like using it. The good news is, we had clear skies the whole way, and got to see several cool things along the way: Like this impact crater in Canyonlands […]
June 18, 2018

Day 1 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Chicago

The last few years my husband and I have taken a mini-trip sans children for our anniversary. One year it was to see San Francisco, Yosemite and the Sequoia; another it was to see the National Parks of Utah. We’ve been saying for awhile that we’d like to combine those trips + add a ton more and take the kids on an epic Road Trip – and this summer, it was time to make it happen. We had a plan to fly into Vegas, because it really is the cheapest place to fly to, leaving from Chicago – but what […]
March 12, 2018

Ireland: Blarney Castle + Kissing the Stone

When your family has been in the Americas since the 1600s, it seems unlikely that you would still turn out to be like 75% Scots-Irish…but here I am. As a tribute to my heritage, and because St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon…you get a whole week of Ireland. I’ll start with a no-brainer – Blarney Castle + Kissing the Blarney Stone. So, it was just over a decade ago that my husband and I went to visit my dad who was living in Dublin at the time. The first day we were there, we were so exhausted that we didn’t […]
February 20, 2018

The Steel City

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived outside Pittsburgh in Coraopolis. (I don’t want crap from you Moon Township-ers.) I spent a ton of time there, and developed a deep and abiding love for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, I’d say there are very few things I love more than Pittsburgh baseball – even though their last championship occurred when I was 3 years old. When I was 18, my aunt and uncle moved to Atlanta. This was fresh on the heels of the 92 NLCS (in which the Atlanta Braves beat the Pirates out for the […]